Coconut Jaggery filling Mothakam / Kozhukattai

This weekend was one of the exciting weekend. Met my undergrad buddies V & S. S had prepared a typical South Indian Meal. Rice, Sambhar, Puli kuzhambu, Rasam, Pudalangai kootu, Vazhakai Kai, Potato roast, Papad and spinach rotis too :-) Eat, chat and gossip – this is what we did. Came back home and slept crazily that I didn’t even feel the 6.1 earthquake that affected bay and Napa when all my colleagues felt it. Thank God, the majority of injuries are non-life threatening.  But its scary though.

When I goto India, I do get lot of gifts, but when my friends go for vacation and come back, I get gifts too. (I am spoiled that way :-) ) My friend P, got this cute mothak mould for me from Mumbai. So far I have never used mould for making kozhukattai. I make my own shapes :-) Before vinayaka chathurthi we wanted to try this mould. So sunday evening, we both decided to make mothakam/kozhukattai together.  We tried the mould, also we tried hand made mothaks and I tried my regular boat shaped kozhukattai :-)

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Kozhukattai – I need to do this for Varalakshmi vratham, Garuda Panchami, first week of mangala gowri, Vinayaka Chaturthi and for saraswati poojai also. I need to do two varieties, coconut filling and sesame filling. Right now I am posting the coconut filling.

So here is the recipe:

For the filling: Coconut Pooranam

  • Grated coconut – 1 cup
  • Jaggery – 3/4 cup (Adjust according to your taste)
  • Water – 1/4 cup
  • Elaichi/Cardamom powder – 2 tsp
  • Poppy seeds/kasa kasa – 2 tsps (optional)
  • Ghee – 2 tsps
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Coconut filling ready..

For the cover:

  • Rice flour – 1 cup ( I just used the store bought rice flour)
  • Water – 1 cup
  • Gingelly oil or ghee – 1 tsp
  • Salt – a pinch
  • Sugar – 1 tsp
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Before kneading..

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After kneading


Pooranam or filling:

  • Heat the kadai and add ghee.
  • Once its hot, add poppy seeds, if you are using.
  • Let it roast for couple of minutes, then add water and jaggery.
  • Let the jaggery dissolve completely and then add coconut and elaichi powder.
  • Cook till the water gets evaporated and keep it aside.


  • Boil the water in deep bottomed vessel by adding oil/ghee, salt and sugar.
  • Once the water starts boiling, add the rice flour slowly and keep it mixing it.
  • Mix the flour well, cover it and reduce the heat.
  • Turn it off in couple of minutes and let it sit for 5 minutes.

Mothakam/Kozhukattai process:

  • While the flour is warm, grease your hand with ghee or oil, and knead the dough nicely  ( so that the outer cover doesn’t break.)
  • Now make small balls out of it and start  pressing it so that you get nice thin circle.
  • For boat shaped kozhukattai, take sufficient filling and keep it at the center of the pressed circle and close it so that it forms a semi circle. Now close the edges with your fingers and press the edges with fork to get nice pattern. (Pressing with fork is optional)
  • For mothak shape, press the dough balls into a small cup and fill the pooranam inside and bring the edges together and close them.
  • For the mould, we just followed the instructions and will post a video soon, before saraswati poojai :-)
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Left two are the boat shaped, middle four are using mould and right three are hand made

  • Once the kozhukattais are done, steam them for about 10-12 minutes and thats it yummy coconut filling mothaks/kozhukattais are ready.

Enjoy and Happy Vinayaka Chaturthi :-)

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After steaming…









17 thoughts on “Coconut Jaggery filling Mothakam / Kozhukattai

  1. These look terrific! I am too terrified to try them because I don’t trust myself too much.. but perhaps.. I should push myself and make an attempt? Guess I will..

    And hey, your blog is like a peep into my mom in law’s kitchen. So glad I found it.

    • Thanks Pepper. Welcome to my blog and glad you liked it. I can totally relate to your thoughts about trying. I was exactly like that. Since I had to make this for lot of vraths, I forced myself and eventually got it. (I suppose so) I can write up to 5-6 posts about my previous mothak disasters. ;-) ;-) Just give it a try, it will be fun.

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